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17:11 Thursday 25 August 2011  Written by Graeme Copas

Title win an anti-climax for Taplow CC skipper

Taplow CC skipper Ed Pettman described being crowned Chilt- erns League Division 1 champions as a ‘bit of an anti-climax’.

His side secured the title on Saturday after their trip to Chalfont St Giles was abandoned with the hosts on 42-0 from 10 overs.

Challengers Wraysbury’s game at Wargrave was also washed out in the fifth over, leaving last season’s champions 65 points behind Taplow with just two games to go.

Pettman said: “We would rather have played and won the league accordingly, so it was a bit of an anti-climax.

“But we’re glad we won it as that was our aim from the start of the year.

“We were in a similar position last year but failed at the last hurdle, so this year the target was to win.”

Taplow have won 11 and lost just one of their 16 games this season, racking up an impressive 366 points compared to Wraysbury’s 301.

But the skipper claimed it had once again been a two-horse race for the title.

“Us and Wraysbury have been by far the best and we’ve both managed more often than not to take 10 wickets every week,” he said.

“We’ve got a relentless attack and it’s not just our opening bowlers who have performed well, but also our numbers three, four and five.

“It’s been a real team-effort and at least one person’s stood up when it’s mattered each game.

“I’ve got a couple of 40s but I’m probably the only player who hasn’t put in some sort of match-winning performance.”

With remaining home fixtures against Penn & Tylers Green on Saturday and Binfield the following week, Taplow now plan to give a number of fringe players some game-time, before concentrating on retaining their title next season.

“We don’t want to make a mockery of the league but the two teams we’re facing aren’t really playing for anything, so we’ll give a couple of youngsters a chance to contribute,” said Pettman.

“It’ll be a challenge going for a second year in a row next season, but we’re going to try and do that.”

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